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Posted by vattens1 on 2014-11-22 21:59. 1 comments. 67 reads
 
Hi All,
has anyone had their pacemaker moved, I need to get mine moved, had it implanted in June this year, and it sticks out, Dr said it could cut thru skin and that would be a problem as its hard to clear up infections from that, it also flips over, well almost aobut 90% when Im asleep or lie on my side, its like flipping a box of matches on its side, dont think it ever embedded properly. Also it aches most of the time.
One more thing, sorry for burning your ears off, I had a mammogram the other day, bit tricky moving around for it and my pacemaker is aching more than usual since then, odd little shocks sometimes, is the only way I can describe it also getting light headed, thought I would pass out a few times, just dont feel r...


Posted by vbpoppy18 on 2014-11-22 10:27. 12 comments. 205 reads
 
When I went in for my last check up, my doctor scheduled me some tests because I had not been in for over 2 years. He said that these tests are to see if my pacemaker helped my heart go back to a normal size. I had an echocardiogram. I know the operator can't really tell me anything but I asked if it was better or worse anyway. Sure enough she told me from what she had seen it got worse. I have to call my cardiologist Monday and I am freaking out because I don't want it to be chf, like I am almost sure it is. I am 21 years old. All the information I have found online says that within in 5 years half of the people diagnosed with chf will die. I don't want to die this early!

Posted by lauram65 on 2014-11-22 06:54. 4 comments. 91 reads
 
Good morning. I got my PM in August of this year. I have felt GREAT!!! The past couple days, I have been sore at the site. Any feedback?

Also, with winter coming, does static electricity affect the PM?

Thank you!

Posted by Roe23737@aol.com on 2014-11-17 21:30. 2 comments. 119 reads
 
I had a dual lead pacemaker installed end of May. Surgery went well and I did well. Mid July I started with itching and hives over certain parts of my body. Went to my internist and he prescribed Allegra, benedral, etc. nothing is helping. Finally thought, "could I be allergies to pacemaker metal"..,I have no clue. Bumps, itches, etc, keep happening. Never had this before pacemaker insertion. Any thoughts from anyone.. Thank you

Posted by ella on 2014-11-17 10:24. 5 comments. 142 reads
 
thanks for the comments I see the heart failure doctor wed. and will ask questions, my ejection fraction is 45 it was 13 before Cleveland did the 3rd lead but as you know I am in a-fib all the time and they claim its not causing harm I cant find anything on the internet saying a-fib causes no heart problems? I have been in a-fib now for about 4 years started slow and went off the wall. scared that at my age 66 but in great shape and fit except my heart, they are not doing any thing to stop the a-fib. they claim it all over the top of my heart and cant pin point a spot to do ablation has any one heard of this? they also cant tell me why I have a-fib or what is causing it?

Posted by ET on 2014-11-16 21:06. 1 comments. 91 reads
 
@ 4.5 mo this is rotating about 90 degrees each time I turn on my side (which I prefer to sleep on) so it has never really bonded. The area is tender ... maybe from the rubbing? The lab said give it a few more months, but I started wrapping an ace bandage around my chest at night to hold it in place so it will have a chance to get 'seated'. Time will tell ... I'll try it for several weeks.

Posted by Snargrumple on 2014-11-14 22:26. 1 comments. 162 reads
 
Hello,
I had an ASD repair at 2yo and received my first pacemaker at 18. I am now 45 and have a very active lifestyle. I typically hike 30 mi. a week up steep terrain and spend the winters skiing. A day after my fourth implant I could barely make it up a set of stairs. I have had atrial tachycardia that lasts for up to 3 days (120bpm) four times and meds dont work in breaking the arrythmia. I already had an ablation 7 years ago which caused chronotopic incompetence so I don't want to have another ablation. Has anyone else had complications directly after a new PM placement. I'm not convinced my new arrythmia is not a result of my latest surgery or a faulty device.

Posted by doucettemary on 2014-11-12 22:19. 2 comments. 154 reads
 
I have had my pacemaker about 5 years.It was put in for complete heart block. During that time I was using it once or twice during the year. Last year it was 6%. The past couple of weeks I have felt like a fluttering in my chest and an uncomfortable feeling.I went to emergency and on the ecg my heart was being paced 100%. I am not sure what this means, but am having an echo and bloodwork on Friday.

Posted by jb341961 on 2014-11-12 21:04. 1 comments. 78 reads
 
Hi There
Just had a complete new system installed @ The Brompton Hospital in London
It's a Biotronik CR -T with Home Monitoring & MRI Compatable.
It's been 3 weeks after have the old system leads & all after being struck down with Endocarditis ( not great 9 weeks as a in patient.
On a very strong dose of antibiotics.
The new system has left me very sore around the shoulder joint & my neck.
I've been feeling quite listless & quite breathless.
Any ideas or any advice would be well wecomed.
Thanks .john

Posted by Lady Kate on 2014-11-12 09:46. 4 comments. 211 reads
 
I have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and have had a lumpectomy. 16 treatments of higher dose radiation (rather than 33)are to be scheduled soon. I am to have my PM checked before during and after the treatments are done.
I just wondered if anyone has recently undergone this treatment and how they felt. Did it cause any complications with your PM and how did you feel?



Posted by shal on 2014-11-11 17:40. 6 comments. 307 reads
 
Hello all
My pm is being ex planted leads and all on Friday the 14. I have researched the whole London market for specialists in lead extraction and have a lot of info if anyone needs it. I will hopefully report total success after the op. I have to stay in hospital for the duration the infection clears and then have a replant. I have been through every emotion under the sun. It's been a tough time but I need to one out positive. If anyone can share how they remained positive in the face of such a situation I would be pleased to hear. I am looking for as much positive energy to take into the op room with me. Thank you all shal

Posted by stella66 on 2014-11-07 21:58. 0 comments. 90 reads
 
I had to replace my ICD after 4.5 years due to low battery .
After new device implanted I was hospitalized after one day with several shocks . I had a long QT has anyone had similar symptoms , I am now having random PVC

Posted by vraghup on 2014-11-07 02:31. 1 comments. 101 reads
 
Hi ,
I had a head injury 3 months ago and my pulse was low because of the injury. Cardiac has put a perm pacemaker and it has been 3 mnths now. My head injury is healing .
The utilization of pacemaker shows 90% on left ventricle. Did anybody experience the same readings? Did the utilization come down over a period of time?

Thanks,
vraghup

Posted by cabbie on 2014-11-04 04:58. 1 comments. 148 reads
 
Hi. Overall have had a rough month, had to be admitted to the hospital twice. In total I was only out of maybe 5-6 days in October. First had trouble with persistent hypotension owing to increased Carvedilol trying to suppress PVCs. Then I went back for severe abdominal pain which the gastroenterologist said was due to ischemic injury to my liver from cardiac decompensation. Add to that my allergic rhinitis flared up yet again while I was in hsopital. So easy to trivialize hay fever but when I get it my nose is completely blocked and I get a persistent postnasal drip and cough. Could hardly breathe in peace last last weekend.

My gastroenterologist noted that I get very diaphoretic (excessively sweaty) even when it wasn't warm. I...


Posted by keverett on 2014-11-03 19:48. 6 comments. 274 reads
 
I am in a study with the new Micra pacemaker. Installed two weeks ago. I have a Wenckebach - Arrhythmia. The pacemaker was originally set at a heart rate of 50. I had problem so it was reduced to a rate of 40. I still had some issues but it was raised to a rated of 60. I have dizzy spells, pacing problems and some shocks. Am I in any danger of my heart being over worked? How long did it take for the Medtronic team and doctor to get your pacemaker working properly? My understanding is that there are only 200 of these devices being tested world wide. Does anyone else have one?

Posted by wednesday on 2014-11-02 12:02. 2 comments. 134 reads
 
Hi
I have my ICD 2-1/2 years already. And all has been well dispite the horrible side effects of Amiodrone. Now the Dr tells me the Zocor 20mg that I have been taking for 14 years cannot be taken with Amiodrone. I saw somewhere on Webmd the min. for statins is 10mg. when taking amiodrone. The Dr. changed to Lipitor but it is terrible on the kidneys. Can anyone please make a suggestion or tell me what they are doing or taking.
This web site helped me greatly before and after my receiving my
ICD. God Bless you.

Posted by Alamb2 on 2014-10-31 10:17. 5 comments. 225 reads
 
This is my second pacemaker in 5 years (dual chamber, intramuscular) and I am about 2 months post op with new leads and new pm. # 2 was also placed intramuscular.

Yesterday while crawling into bed, left elbow bracing me as I turned off the light, the PM popped thru the muscle at the left side like a hernia! Freaked out, I shoved it back in. Obviously I am going to tell my doc, but has anyone experienced this ?


Posted by Od41 on 2014-10-30 21:58. 5 comments. 241 reads
 
My husband had a pacemaker fitted three weeks ago for total heart block. He is at this moment in hospital having tests for his onset of breathlessness and heartburn-like pain since having the PM fitted. So far all tests have resulted as all ok ((blood chest ct scan PM check etc). They don't know what is wrong but this forum is full,of people with same complaint so what is going on. The doctors are behaving like they have never seen this before and I am worried about further unecessary intrusive tests being done on him. Has anyone found out yet what the problem is.

Posted by Breeze on 2014-10-30 21:31. 1 comments. 136 reads
 
I have had my PM a couple weeks, I have been feeling a snapping type feeling in it. What's up with that?

Posted by ScaredOne on 2014-10-29 05:07. 3 comments. 176 reads
 
do you need to see the cardiac specialist everytime you get shocked?thanks.



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